Non-Flamable Toy (Warning: Flamable)

This is the box to one of my favorite desk toys, the “Happy Drinking Bird”. These retro toys are available in some independent science stores or online through Edmund Scientific.

The drinking bird is the unofficial mascot of Life After Coffee (The Luwak is the official mascot) however its packaging seems just a little uncertain on the topic of flammability.

The image below has not been edited other than to add the red underline.

Drinking Bird Box

Given that they used to fill these with Freon the methelene chloride must be an improvement, regardless of flammability.

For more drinking and bobbing action check out Daniel Reynold’s giant drinking birds

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Giant Drinking Birds!

So it appears I am not the only one who thinks these drinking birds are cool. Artist Daniel Reynolds has taken them over the top.

Reynolds conceived the idea in 1994. After extensive re-engineering of the original drinking bird, in 1998 Reynolds unveiled 15 new drinking birds at six and a half feet tall!

Check out more photos, movies and information on this fantastic exhibit at

This enormous display piece was only ever shown in Germany; however it was received very well there. Hopefully someday soon someone in North America will pick up this exhibit. For now we will have to settle for the website.

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